Arroyo Grande city leaders pass water saving measures

Jun 10, 2014

Arroyo Grande residents who tear out their lawns in favor of more drought-friendly options could be eligible for money from the city.

UPDATE: June 11, 2014:

The Arroyo Grande City Council approved many of the water-related recommendations presented by city staff at Tuesday night's meeting, including the increase in financial incentives for turf replacement and washing machine efficiency.

Original story

Water rationing is scheduled to be a main topic of conversation at Tuesday night's Arroyo Grande City Council Meeting.

Council members will hear reports on the state of the Santa Maria groundwater basin, a main water source for those living in the Five Cities area.

"We are currently experiencing some low groundwater levels, as would be expected in a drought condition," said Arroyo Grande's Director of Community Development Teresa McClish. "We're monitoring that very carefully for concerns regarding potential seawater intrusion."

McClish says the city is also considering a boost to the financial incentives residents have to remove lawns from 50 cents per square foot up to a dollar. There is a limit on the amount of turf that can qualify per property.

The rebate for upgrading to a water efficient washing machine could also jump from $150 to $200. New machines have to qualify for the rebate, and must be purchased by authorized dealers within Arroyo Grande.